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"My" Car

Article: Abdullah Said Zeybek Date: Thursday, 03 July 2014

WHEN MERCEDES-BENZ SHARED A TURKISH DESIGNER'S PHOTOGRAPH FOR THE FIRST TIME ON ITS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT, WE TRACKED DOWN THAT DESIGNER AND HEARD HIS STORY STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH.

Cars are a necessity for some, a matter of taste for others. What both have in common is that they spend a significant amount of time in their vehicles. Erbakan Malkoç is a boss today in the profession he chose when he came to Istanbul as an auto mechanic’s apprentice at the age of 16. He teaches in universities and has a reputation as a successful designer who has devoted himself to automobiles through his partnerships with international firms. Ajda Pekkan, Mazhar Alanson and the princes of Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain are just a few of his clients.

Bad-Luck Numbers That Scare Off Customers

Article: Nataly Kelly Date: Friday, 04 October 2013

SUPERSTITIONS EXIST IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD, BUT THE NUMBERS ASSOCIATED WITH BAD LUCK - OR GOOD - TEND TO VARY FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER.

Bad-Luck Numbers That Scare Off Customers

If you live in the West, chances are that you've visited a building without a 13th floor or boarded a plane without a row #13. In fact, you probably rarely think twice about the fact that these numbers are so frequently skipped in your home culture, but you might be surprised to see the numbers 4, 9, or 17 omitted when you are traveling abroad.
Superstitions exist in many parts of the world, but the numbers associated with bad luck — or good — tend to vary from one place to another. While this kind of information is generally known to natives within a given market, it isn't intuitive to foreigners. As a result, companies often make unintentional numerical and cultural blunders when launching their presence in a new market.
At Smartling, we compiled a research roundup on superstitions regarding numbers around the world, which we vetted with translators in our global network. We found that knowing about numerical superstitions is important for any business that seeks to expand internationally — especially in the realm of international marketing. Here are some common places we found where numbers can get your company into trouble:
Pricing: Customers in the West might raise eyebrows at a product priced at $6.66, but people in many parts of the world would not. In Chinese, the pronunciation of 666 sounds like the phrase, "things going smoothly" and is considered to be very lucky. Many businesses even hang the number above their door. However, in Japan specifically, the number 9 is a bad-luck number that sounds like "suffering" when spoken aloud; so a price of $9.99, while common in the West, would be viewed negatively.

Entertainment Stop In The Far East

Date: Friday, 30 August 2013

WITH ITS CAPTIVATING COLORS AND DIZZYING DYNAMISM, SHANGHAI IS GOING TO BE ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN’S FAVORITE CITIES.

Aquaria 21
Watch the marine creatures at this behemoth of an underwater aquarium and get into the “touch pool”, where you can swim with sharks, if you dare!
Century Park
Children’s playground, golf tour, green labyrinth, fishing –the choice is yours at Shanghai’s largest park. The beautiful buildings alone are reason enough to come here.

Shopping At The Seaside

Illustration: The Design Surgery Date: Friday, 30 August 2013

ROTTERDAM IS CHOCK FULL OF FASHIONABLE BOUTIQUES AND OPEN AIR MARKETS AS WELL AS SHOPPING MALLS. HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR MORE EFFICIENT SHOPPING IN THE CITY:

- Forget all about traffic and stroll and shop comfortably in Lijnbaan, Europe’s first pedestrianized shopping street.
- Rotterdam is teeming with street markets where you can find everything you’re looking for. For low prices, wait until the evening discounts.
- If you’re a fashionista, then Van Oldenbarneveltstraat with its endless shops, boutiques and restaurants is just for you.

Your Coffee Is Ready

Date: Friday, 30 August 2013

THE ANNUAL WASHINGTON, D.C. TURKISH FESTIVAL, TO BE HELD THIS YEAR ON SEPTEMBER 29, IS BRINGING D.C. RESIDENTS TOGETHER WITH NUMEROUS ARTISTS IN A FUN-FILLED ATMOSPHERE OF CULTURAL INTERACTION.

Sponsored by Turkish Airlines, Washington, D.C. Turkish Festival features a wide variety of events from folk plays to musical performances. You can sip Turkish coffee as you shop at the festival market. You can also sample Turkish cuisine and play with the festival mascot Kangal dogs.

To Reduce E-Mail, Start At The Top

Article: Andrew Killick Chris Brown Karen Renaud Illustration: The Design Surgery Date: Friday, 30 August 2013

REDUCING TOP EXECUTIVES’ MESSAGE SUGGESTS A SIMPLE, INEXPENSIVE APPROACH TO IMPROVING EFFICIENCY ACROSS AN ORGANIZATION.

The main reason our e-mail in-boxes consume so much of our time is that we have little control over how many messages we receive. But we can control how many messages we send. That seemingly obvious insight sparked a significant reduction in one company’s e-mail traffic: After the executives reduced their output, other workers followed suit. When the seven-person top European management team at the London-based company International Power wanted to increase the firm’s efficiency, an analysis suggested that a glut of e-mail might be part of the problem. The executives initially believed that the high volume was due entirely to others’ actions and were astonished to learn that they themselves were sending 56 messages a day, on average.

Guardians Of The Skies

Article: Ali Halit Diker Photo: Fethi Mağara Date: Friday, 30 August 2013

FOUNDED IN 2011 ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TURKISH ARMED FORCES, SOLOTÜRK QUICKLY TURNED ITSELF INTO ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP FLIGHT DEMONSTRATION TEAMS. WE SPOKE RECENTLY WITH CAPTAIN SEDAT YALIN AHBAB, ITS FIRST DEMONSTRATION PILOT.

Do the demonstrations you do with SOLOTÜRK have any counterparts in the world? If so, what is the SOLOTÜRK difference?
Right now the Dutch and Belgian Armed Forces have teams doing single-plane demonstrations with the F16. They’ve been at it for about thirty years. Despite getting a very late start, we’ve also taken our place among those teams. In 2011 we took part in one of Europe's largest military air show, the 40th Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), in the UK, where we performed our first demonstrations abroad. Among the 29 countries represented there, we took the prize for best flight demonstration based on the votes of spectators and the social media.

The Happy Traveler

Article: Yusuf Meriç Photo: Halil Kayır Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2013

WITH 235 COUNTRIES UNDER HIS BELT, PROF. DR. ORHAN KURAL HOLDS TURKEY’S TRAVEL RECORD. WE TALKED WITH HIM ABOUT THE TRAVELERS’ CLUB THAT HE FOUNDED, THE PLACES THAT HAVE IMPRESSED HIM THE MOST, AND THE BENEFITS OF TRAVEL.

How did the idea of a Turkish Travelers Club come about?
It all started with a film I saw 16 years ago called Around the World in 80 Days. In the film, which is set at a travelers club in London, members share their travel experiences. Coşkun Aral, Prof. Dr. Nadir Paksoy and I got together and decided to form a similar club in Turkey. We’ve been trying to infect people with the travel bug ever since.
Can you tell us about your members and their activities?
We have scores of prominent people among our members. We have representative offices in several locations around Turkey as well as in close to ten foreign countries. Our aim is to explore countries in which Turks have either never, or only rarely, set foot.

Small Town Big Shopping

Illustration: The Design Surgery Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2013

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA IN SPAIN IS A SMALL TOWN, BUT THIS ONLY MAKES SHOPPING EASIER AND MORE COMPACT. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO MAKE THINGS EASIER FOR YOU:

-Go to Mercade de Abastos of Santiago for food and other products unique to Santiago de Compostela.
-There are stores galore selling pottery, jewelry and souvenirs in the city’s old town, aka Zona Vella.
-Zona Nova, or the new zone, is ideal for clothes shopping. Explore the world famous stores here as well as the local brands.
-Santiago de Compostela is so small that you can walk everywhere. But if you like you can also take the city bus for just one Euro.

Home Of The Cherry Blossom

Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2013

YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE ENCHANTED BY THIS INCREDIBLE ISLAND AND ITS REMARKABLE CULTURE IN THE CITY KNOWN AS “THE CAPITAL OF THE EAST”.

NATIONAL SCIENCE MUSEUM
Located in Kitanomaru Park, this museum hosts several interactive exhibitions with different displays.
GHIBLI MUSEUM
You will feel you are in a cartoon yourself at this museum inspired by the productions of Japan’s famous Studio Ghibli, producer of so many animated films.
UENO ZOO
Just ten minutes from the nearest metro stop, Ueno is home to numerous species of animals excluding elephants, tigers and pandas.

How Ideal Is Your Company?

Article: Andrea Ovans Illustration: The Design Surgery Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2013

IT WOULD BE GREAT TO BE IN AN ORGANIZATION WHERE I FELT I REALLY KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON — WHERE THERE WERE NO CORPORATE SECRETS — NO SPIN.

Is your company getting your best work? Do you come in every day energized, enthusiastic, creative, and engaged? If not, you're not alone, at least in the U.S, according to the latest Gallup poll of employee engagement, which you can see if you scroll down through the wealth of data my HBR colleague Gretchen Gavett recently collated. If you're among the less than enchanted, what are you missing? What would you need to be your most productive? Professors Rob Goffee, of the London Business School, and Gareth Jones, of Madrid's IE Business School, asked this question to hundreds of executives, as part of their on-going research into authentic leadership. Here's a sampling of the replies they received:

Ramadan Exuberance In Istanbul

Article: Hasan Mert Kaya Hilal Turan Date: Monday, 01 July 2013

SULTAN OF THE YEAR’S OTHER ELEVEN MONTHS, RAMADAN ENCOMPASSES THE WHOLE WORLD IN GOD’S GRACE AND ABUNDANCE. AND EXPERIENCING RAMADAN IN ISTANBUL - A CITY WHOSE HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL RICHES DAZZLE THE EYE - IS A PRIVILEGE. AN UNFORGETTABLE RAMADAN AWAITS YOU IN ISTANBUL WITH ITS VENUES OF SPIRITUALITY AND ITINERARIES WORTH EXPLORING OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

Piping hot “pide” bread, refreshing rosewater “güllaç” pudding, the drumbeat in the middle of the night calling people to a day of fasting... An otherworldly atmosphere permeates the city. With festive entertainments that crank up the holiday spirit, Ramadan is different in Istanbul. The spiritual atmosphere of Ramadan puts the crowning touch on Istanbul’s centuries-old cultural treasures, and the city thrums with life 24/7 as the entertainment continues right up to “suhoor”, the last meal taken before another day of fasting begins. Month of plenty, mercy and forgiveness, Ramadan in all its munificence is our guest once again. And Istanbul, with its rich Ramadan culture going back to our Ottoman days, welcomes this special guest with exuberance.

Before Hitting The Road

Date: Monday, 01 July 2013

SUMMER İS HERE AND PEOPLE ARE TRAVELİNG MORE, SO SOME PRACTİCAL SOLUTİONS ARE İN ORDER. BACKPACKİNG İS THE MOST PRACTİCAL WAY TO TRAVEL. CHOOSE A BACKPACK THAT’S RİGHT FOR YOU AND YOUR TRİP WİLL BE LESS TİRİNG AND MORE FUN. HERE ARE A FEW SUGGESTİONS:

The most important thing about a backpack is its capacity. Backpack capacity is measured in liters, and you can go by this: Make sure your backpack has a stabilizer because it will make traveling a lot more comfortable. Choose a waterproof backpack. Choose a backpack with a separate sleeping bag compartment. That way you can pack your things more tidily and use your capacity more efficiently.  

Life Is A Long Bridge…

Date: Monday, 01 July 2013

BRİDGİNG THE GAP BETWEEN CULTURES AND GEOGRAPHİES WİTH İTS RİCH CONTENTS, SKYLİFE MAGAZİNE İS MOUNTİNG AN İNTERNATİONAL PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST ON THE THEME, PEOPLE & BRİDGES.

Bridges unite people. An outstretched hand, a proffered flower, a friendly word… Anything at all can be a bridge between us and another person. Skylife invites you to build new bridges with your camera through its photography contest, People and Bridges. Participating could  be easier. Just make your application online over our website, www.skylife.com, and upload your photos by November 16, 2013, latest. Our panel of judges includes well-known photographers all of whom are associated with international agencies.  

Flashy And Cheap

Date: Monday, 01 July 2013

ONE OF EUROPE’S MOST POPULAR CİTİES, BERLİN İS RİGHT UP THERE WHEN İT COMES TO SHOPPİNG. BESİDES SCORES OF DEPARTMENT STORES AND BOUTİQUES, İT ALSO BOASTS SEVERAL OPEN AİR MARKETS. HERE ARE A FEW CLUES TO SHOPPİNG İN THE CİTY…

Kurfürstendamm, Tauenzianstrasse and Alexanderplatz are where you can find all the famous brands aimed more at young people. The antique market set up at the Tiergarten between 11 and 5 on weekends offers fabulous opportunities for handmade modern products and artworks as well as antiques. Board the U8 underground line and get off at Weinmeisterstrasse in Mitte, one of the city’s major areas for boutiques. When you’re tired of that, board the U2 to Friedrichstrasse, where you’ll find the world brands and shopping centers.  

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